I am currently in the frustrating situation of having a real blogging-bug (i.e. eager to blog), but not actually possessing the time or energy to do so. So, I thought I'd treat you by showing that I really do not progress in the slightest, by posting something that I posted elsewhere, back in 2003.
However, I should admit up-front that I am obviously smug from how "on the ball" I was.
I've been thinking about how we do theology in a post-modern context. I have got a whole lot more thinking to do on that one, but I am really helped by some of the Anabaptist approaches to Scripture. Remind me to blog on that sometime.
This got me thinking about those cherished doctrines that we will have to re-think in the emerging church. We may come out of it with the same conclusions as our modernist evangelical friends, but how we reach those conclusions will, I am fairly sure, have to change. (An obvious example would be our appeal to proof-texts as the basis for our ethics. Saying that the Bible says we should not murder, does *not* solve the abortion debate once and for all!) We wil also need to be aware of those doctrines that will become increasingly unpalatable to those around us. Some of these will be beliefs that are currently almost definitive of Evangelicalism.
So, here's my prediction - in no particular order - of doctrines that will a) be dropped b) be revised beyond all recognition or c) be held onto, but at a cost:
1) The belief in a literal, physical return of Christ to the earth (I don't even need to mention the rapture, do I?!)
2) Homosexual orientation or activity being unacceptable
3) The inerrancy of Scripture
4) 6-days Creation
5) Conscious faith in Christ as the only way to "heaven"
6) Charismatic gifts being limited to the Apostolic age
7) The belief in ever-lasting conscious torment
8) No sex before marriage (we just need to start being honest about that one!)